Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah on Monday said terrorists do not discriminate between victims, whether they are Hindus or Muslims, as he condemned the recent terrorist attack on innocents.

“I condemn the killing of innocent persons. It does not matter what religion or region the victim belongs to, an innocent is an innocent,” Farooq Abdullah told reporters on Monday.

He said illness in the region has increased and this is the result of the hatred being spread in the nation today.

“Today Muslims and Hindus are being segregated. Tell me, who is doing it and who is spreading hatred?” National congress Veteran Leader Abdullah asked in a reference to BJP.

Abdullah went on to say, “Tell me what the poor Hindu families (of Dhangri) had? They had nothing. they had no enemies.” “Similarly, what was the fault of the Kashmiri Pandits killed in Shopian?” he asked.

The NC leader said that according to the BJP government at the centre, terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was due to Article 370, “…but they were mistaken,” he said, adding, “Four years have passed since Jammu and Kashmir was made a Union Territory. Have they been able to end terrorism?”

His son and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also expressed anger and grief.

“Deeply shocked as more details emerge of this targeted attack in Rajouri district of Jammu. I unequivocally condemn this heinous attack & send my condolences to the families of the deceased. I hope those injured in this attack will make a swift & complete recovery. #RajouriAttack,” he wrote on Twitter.

Former chief minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the terrorist attack and taegetted BJP.

Condemn this cowardly act & condolences to their families. Despite being under BJP rule & its bogus claims of ending militancy, violence continues unabated. Had J&K had its own elected government, the same media would have hauled them over the coals,” she wrote on Twitter.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader MY Tarigami said, “I strongly condemn the attack on innocent civilians in Dangri village of Rajouri in no uncertain terms. The incident is at odds with government’s normalcy narrative. Unfortunate that government has failed to contain violence despite making lofty claims about improved security situation.”